KU News Release

Aug. 22, 2011
Contact: Feloniz Lovato-Winston, Audio-Reader, 785-864-5336

Audio-Reader's library to receive technology upgrade from program in Australia

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LAWRENCE — The Association for the Blind of Western Australia will soon be archiving Audio-Reader’s library of recorded audio books to a new, easier-to-use format.

Representatives from the program have offered to convert all of Audio-Reader’s recorded book files into DAISY Talking books, making them available to Audio-Reader’s listeners — the blind and print-disabled of Kansas, Missouri and beyond.

DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) is the preferred format to share digital talking books. Until now, Audio-Reader has not had the resources to convert their recorded books using the DAISY system. The Association for the Blind of Western Australia will provide Audio-Reader with access to MP3 files, as well as bibliographic information for each of the books they convert.

The Association for the Blind of Western Australia, which will soon join the International Association of Audio-Information Services (IAAIS), provides direct, individualized and group-based services to the blind and visually impaired. To learn more about the Association for the Blind of Western Australia, visit www.guidedogswa.com.au.

The Kansas Audio-Reader Network offers blind, visually-impaired and print-disabled persons in Kansas, Missouri and beyond the opportunity for greater personal independence by providing access to the printed word via a closed circuit radio and other technologies. To learn more about the Kansas Audio-Reader Network, visit www.reader.ku.edu.

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